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Compliment Your Smile with Dermal Fillers

When you visit Somersmiles in Somerville for a smile makeover, you may want to consider getting dermal fillers to help enhance your results and overall appearance as well.  Being specially trained and knowledgeable about one’s facial features, makes our Somerville dentists highly qualified professionals for administering injectables such as dermal fillers. How Can a Dermal Filler Help? Cosmetic dermal fillers are shallow injections that are placed within the surface of your skin. They fill in fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and soften expression lines of the face. They add volume and can complement your teeth by enhancing your lip line … Continue reading

4 Tips for Preventing Cavities

Dental cavities (decay) can be difficult to keep away. To avoid them requires commitment. Here are four important tips that can help you keep your mouth healthy.   Choose the right Dental Hygiene Products In order to have a great dental hygiene routine at home, you’ll need to have the right products.  Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash.  A tongue scraper and a soft, or electric toothbrush work great as well.  And don’t forget to floss twice a day.  Traditional string is fine, or you may consider investing in a water or air flosser.   Watch Your Brushing Technique When … Continue reading

Do Injectables Help with TMJ Disorder?

Woman with TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder — otherwise known as TMD or TMJ disorder — is a painful condition that can cause symptoms such as toothaches, headaches, migraines, and muscle fatigue. It can also lead to broken dental work and fractured teeth. While using a bite splint and practicing relaxation exercises can help to minimize the tension of TMJ disorder, what if there were a longer-term treatment that didn’t require daily prescription medication or surgery? That’s exactly what injectables have the potential to offer TMD sufferers. Although they’ve primarily been used in the past for aesthetic purposes (such as smoothing out the appearance … Continue reading

Top Three Cosmetic Dental Options Worth Considering

woman after dental veneers

Looking to enhance the way your smile looks in photos or when you’re laughing in front of friends? Our Somerville dentists offer comprehensive cosmetic options to address a number of aesthetic issues in your teeth. But your needs are different than others, and so is the type of treatment that we may recommend. Depending on your end goal, timeframe, and budget, we may suggest one or a combination of aesthetic procedures such as: Teeth Whitening Fast, affordable, and effective, professional teeth whitening can help your smile look brighter than ever. Whitening is safe and the perfect stand alone “smile makeover” … Continue reading

Managing TMJ Pain

Man with TMJ

TMJ disorder (“TMD” or “TMJD”) occurs when the temporomandibular joint on either side of the jaw becomes strained or functions abnormally. This can be due to a number of causes, ranging from a misaligned bite to extensive clenching during the day.   At Somersmiles Dental, we customize TMJ treatments to fit the unique needs and oral anatomy of our patients. Depending on what’s causing your TMD pain, some of the treatments or therapies we might recommend can include:   A Bite Splint Strain to the TMJ is often due to overuse and the joint being fully engaged too frequently throughout … Continue reading

What to do When You Break a Tooth

Broken Tooth

It’s an accident that we see every day. Someone falls, trips into the wall, or gets knocked in the elbow at a ball game…and they break a tooth. While we’re always ready for dental emergencies a Somersmiles Dental, there are steps you can take to be prepared too.   Make Sure You’re Not Bleeding Our mouths can tend to bleed pretty heavily after an oral injury. Stop to make sure you’re ok, and that any bleeding is controlled. You can use a clean washcloth, sterile gauze, or even a tea bag to apply pressure to the area and encourage clot … Continue reading

Five Reasons for Getting a Custom Dental Crown

Dentist explaining a dental crown

Dental crowns offer an optimal level of protection for teeth affected by significant decay, trauma, or wear. At Somersmiles Dental there are a number of situations where we may recommend them for our patients. Here are a few — and the reasons why — you should consider getting one: Chronic Clenching Bruxism (clenching and grinding) can cause teeth to wear down prematurely. In some cases, biting against a tooth with a crown can make the uncrowned tooth even more susceptible to wear. If we notice that your teeth are wearing faster than they should, a crown may help to extend … Continue reading

Three Easy Cosmetic Dental Treatments Worth Considering

Woman having professional teeth whitening at the dentist

Looking for a quick, comfortable, or affordable option for boosting your smile’s appearance? While you could go with a dramatic smile makeover that addresses multiple aspects of several teeth, you could choose to pick one or two aesthetic services for a personal pick-me-up until you’re ready to go with something more dramatic. At Somersmiles Dental, here are three great options to consider: Professional Teeth Whitening For the most effective whitening results, talk to our Somerville dentist before buying an over the counter kit. Because store-bought teeth bleaching products are made from weaker solutions, they often don’t work as well or … Continue reading

How Much Does a Smile Makeover Cost?

woman after smile make over

Are you thinking about investing in cosmetic dental treatment? You may be wondering if it’s within reach, both for your timeframe and your budget. What Treatment do You Want?  What is it that you want to change about your smile? Depending on if you want whiter, straighter, or fuller looking teeth, we can use a combination of different cosmetic restorations and procedures to enhance the characteristics of your smile: Whitening trays or in-house whitening Dental bonding Porcelain veneers Gum recontouring Missing tooth replacement White fillings and crowns Of course, you’ll also need to know how many appointments it will take, … Continue reading

Caring for Your New Dental Veneers

Woman flossing her dental veneer

Now that you’ve completed your smile makeover in Somerville, you want your investment to last as long as possible. But just like your natural teeth, veneers aren’t invincible. Aside from not using them as “tools” to open packages, there are a few other things to keep in mind if you want to help them look dazzling for years to come.   Floss Them Daily The margins of your veneers rest against your natural teeth, and like crowns, they can provide a prime location for plaque biofilm to collect over time. To prevent the edges from leaking or developing decay around … Continue reading